This is a collection of photographs
from a three-day ROTATE mission, in which the University of
Massachusetts mobile radar crew teamed-up with the Doppler on
Day One was spent in far soutwest
Kansas. We came within a few miles of Colorado, chasing an unverified
tornado warning on a cell embedded in a gusty squall line. We
returned to Garden City for the night.
Operations were down on Day Two, while
we repositioned ourselves to Amarillo, Texas, where Day Three
severe weather was expected. As tradition would have it, we
had dinner at The Big Texan where we witnessed a 22-year-old
patron try his hand at eating the big 72-ounce steak. He didn't
come close and rushed off the stage holding his hands over his
mouth, trying to find the bathroom! A few thunderstorms formed
in the area after dark. We drove to the outskirts of the city
and shot some pictures of the lightning.
turned out to be quite interesting. Based on Josh Wurmans insistence,
we had spent the previous night at Camelot Suites. This place
really should have been condemned decades ago, and based on
the quality of the rooms, it probably was. Many of us saw whom
we thought were prostitutes walking around the hallways. Sure
enough, Larry received a knock on his door around 3 AM. The
man on the other side of the door asked if Charleese (I don't
recall the actual name) was there. Larry responded with, "What
the hell are you talking about? There's no Charleese in here!"
To which the guy answered, "Oh, sorry. The phone call I
got said I could find her in this room." One customer we
spoke to in the morning had his truck broken into and all his
tools stolen. Save your $27.50 and go to the Quality Inn across
Once on the road, we encountered a gusty
line of convection just south of Amarillo. The ground was dry
and dust was easily thrown into the air by the strong winds.
Some of the trucks got caught in a severe hail core between
Muleshoe and Friona and received quite a bit of damage. Thankfully,
the radomes were still in tack.